In Georgia and elsewhere in the United States, many people who have fled across the nation's borders in search of better lives have run into problems with immigration officials. Many immigration detention centers across the nation are filled to capacity with persons suspected of visa violations or unauthorized arrivals, as well as others facing deportations due to possible impending criminal convictions. In recent years, there have been multiple reports that some immigration officials have failed to provide adequate and safe care to those in their custody.
Many people who come to live in Georgia from abroad are instead taken into federal custody. Immigration detention centers are filled with those whose eligibility to reside in the United States has been called into question. Often, immigrants are granted release by bond while they await proceedings to determine whether they will be deported.
In Georgia and other states, many women and children are being detained after crossing the borders of United States, seeking asylum. One particular immigration detention center in another state is said to be full of mothers and children who followed all the rules set before them to request asylum; however, instead of receiving the help they needed, they were locked up and detained. Groups of people from varying faith backgrounds recently gathered to protest this situation.
Despite what many people may think, the majority of illegal (or undocumented) immigrants have jobs and earn a living for their families. They are industrious, and take jobs many Americans find menial. These jobs include being cooks, gardeners, janitors, and migrant farm workers. Georgia law HB 47 was enacted to help the state get rid of illegal immigrants. But is it a good idea?
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to the United States in search of safer, better lives for themselves and their families. Over the past several years, claims have been made that many people in immigration detention centers in Georgia and other states have suffered grave injustices from officials in whose custody they were placed. From poor sanitary conditions to allegations of actual physical abuse, many immigrants have uttered cries for help; some have even staged hunger strikes in protest of unfair treatment.
Throughout the nation, a debate about laws and protocols pertaining to detained immigrants is ongoing. This immigration detention issue may impact a number of families in Georgia. Immigration advocates have been very vocal about their opinions on the matter, arguing that immediate change is needed because the current system is unfair toward many detainees.
Under current protocol, a Georgia immigrant facing criminal charges may be brought into the courtroom wearing shackles. However, some have questioned the need to do so in court appearances where an immigrant has not been criminally charged. Immigration advocates argue that it is unfair to treat people being held in immigration detention centers as though they are hardened criminals.
A situation has developed in a state outside Georgia involving an immigrant and her 9-year-old son. The pair is said to have fled their native land in fear of persecution. What happened once they entered the United States, however, has become the subject of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government regarding immigration detention.
More than 20 mothers have begun a hunger strike to protest a situation at a detainment facility outside of Georgia. The women have claimed they left their homelands to escape violence and corruption. Since coming to the United States, the mothers say their families have been locked up in an immigration detention center and threatened by official personnel.
Many Georgia residents are immigrants who came to the United States from foreign lands. Current data suggests the immigrant population is an integral part of the workforce, tax revenue and purchasing power in the state. However, many say they live in fear of immigration detention and other issues related to their resident statuses.